So what is the Constitutional Court?
A court of appeal has upheld the Constitutional Courts right to not answer information requests which is a legal requirement for all State bodies
Journalist takes district council to court for depriving him of accreditation
The Media Union and Institute for Mass Information are supporting Yury Shelyazhenko who had his accreditation withdrawn mainly because of an article which annoyed the Council
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Political parties in Ukraine officially own 41 printed media outlets. Unofficially, the number of newspapers etc under their control is many times higher
Journalists and human rights defenders speak out against draconian accreditation rules in Kharkiv
The Independent Trade Union of Ukraine together with the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group and Kharkiv Press Club have issued a statement over the harsh accreditation rules imposed by the authorities in the Kharkiv region
The twilight zones of Ukrainian regional authorities
Curious details regarding regional variations in how forthcoming (or otherwise) the authorities are with information, even when this is on a statistical form and when it takes much more trouble to remove it than to simply answer the question ..
Which Ukrainian ministries are most secretive?
The mere fact of having an official website by no means guarantees that Ukrainian ministries and regional State administrations will be forthcoming with information
Journalists to fight for access to environmental information
The project participants are planning to investigate the possibilities of access to environmental information at central and regional level, and also take active measures to put an end to restrictions on such information
The Right to the Truth: past, present and future
The first phase of a project on ensuring the publics right of access to information about the activities of the authorities identified disturbing, if sometimes also absurd, discrepancies in how various State bodies interpreted the same norms of the Constitution and laws
Yanukovych reinstates Kuchmas privileges cancelled soon after the Orange Revolution
In a thoroughly extraordinary message to the Ukrainian people and PACE, the Cabinet of Ministers has reinstated State benefits to Kuchma cancelled in early 2005. One can only guess the extent of these benefits since the original instructions were, not surprisingly, classified
Access to information is the first step towards effective democracy
Among the areas of concern with regard to the new version of the Law on Information is ensuring access to environmental information. Given the authorities lack of adherence to environmental legislation and Ukraines international commitments, this remains a burning issue for all of us
Ukraines National Union of Journalists creates a Crisis Centre for Help to Journalists
The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine has issued a statement in which it calls the demand of the Verkhovna Rada not to publish the Presidents Decree dissolving parliament an attempt to introduce censorship
New draft version of the Law on Information takes some Council of Europe and public comments into account
Some clearer definitions have been provided and certain baffling terms such as ““information relations”, “information sovereignty” and “national information space” discarded. How much nearer to a satisfactory law remains to be seen
Improving legislation to ensure transparency over Media owners
The National Commission for the Affirmation of Freedom of Speech and the Development of Information under the President of Ukraine has prepared recommendations on transparency regarding owners of media outlets
Kharkiv Regional Administration abolishes system of journalist accreditation
Its Head, Mr Avakov, explained that these measures were aimed at safeguarding the legitimate rights of journalists and the public to free, unimpeded and timely information about the activities of the state authorities and ensuring their transparency
Expert analysis of the Ukrainian draft law on information
In response to a request from the Ukrainian authorities, the Council of Europe has provided comments on the proposed amendments to the Law on Information.
Taras Petriv believes public broadcasting could begin next year
Following the signing of a declaration of cooperation, those involved are full of optimism. Those observing are waiting for long overdue practical measures
Declaration of Cooperation on Introducing Public Broadcasting in Ukraine signed
According to the document, within a week a working group made up of 12-15 people is to be created. This will be directly responsible for preparing a package of proposals on transforming state television and radio broadcasting organizations into public broadcasting organizations
Kharkiv court bans any advertising of Lutsenkos rally
The Dzherzhynsky District Court in Kharkiv has placed a ban on advertisements in the mass media for the rally of the civic movement “Narodna samooborona” [“Peoples Self-Defence”] in Kharkiv on 16 March
Media Trade Union calls on MIA to revoke unlawful journalist accreditation rules
“The introduction of such rules is in violation of citizens rights to free access to information. It also obstructs journalists from carrying out their professional duties, limiting their right of access to information"